Those of us who have spent any amount of time interacting with the Bible will attest to the fact that It can be a little obtuse and abstract. There were times when Jesus deliberately spoke in parables; and at other times, the Spirit, through the other writers, does more or less the same thing. Jesus certainly meant it when He said,

“Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” Matthew 13:11

You see, in the same way that Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl are accessible because they use simple language, Physics textbooks are difficult to read because they are jam packed with jargon. But the Bible? It neither is jam packed with jargon, nor is it plainly accessible to all who read it; and it certainly is no less than an epiphany whenever we are able to understand what is written, for most of the time, it is a case of

“Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;” Matthew 13:14

So I can’t imagine that any of us will be very pleased when Paul says,

“We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes….” 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 [MSG]

This is already taken from one of the most accessible translations of the Bible, but do you understand what Paul is talking about? Does it even help you make headway into the ‘mysterious’ wisdom of God?

Well, if you can’t make head or tail of it, fret not. You are not alone. For,

“…The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross….” 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 [MSG]

Yet, when we finish this passage, to our horror, or at least to mine, we find that Paul says,

“But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.” 1 Corinthians 2:10 [MSG]

Hang on, I’m already supposed to know this? How? Did I miss something? Have I been missing something all this while?

The answer, beloved child of God, is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. No, you have not been missing out on anything that God has purposed and planned for you; but yes, because you often look at your life through the lens of the world and miss the originator and source of all your blessings. Sometimes you even think that your blessings have came from somewhere else. It’s a little like this.

In our ‘supermarket generation’, many children can recognize fruit and vegetables well enough. But put them in the jungle and they won’t be able to identify the tree from which the fruit came.

Likewise, to the ‘digital natives’ of today, they see past the device, past the technology; and see only what the device can do for them. In the same way that ‘power on’ buttons have become intuitive to many of us, so have the use of ‘finger-swipe’ technology and selfie sticks become intuitive to them.

And when we transpose this analogy to the Christian life, we start to realize that because our Father has been so effective and efficient in looking after us, His protection and provision have become intuitive, and sadly, invisible to the ‘native Christian’; with the net effect being that we start to think that our blessings are the product of our own efforts, and not our Father’s favor.

This epiphany came to me when I started to pay more attention to how ‘non-Christians’ talk. You know, amongst the Chinese community at least, whenever they get blessed, they go around telling people not how great they are or how smart they are, but how powerful the deity at a certain temple is. They start to recount how they were miraculously healed after they visited a certain sharman who was a devotee to that certain deity. And they start to encourage others with similar ailments to go to that sharman and deity and get healed.

But that is what those who do not believe do. We know better not to do such things, right? Well…

“Then he left the region of Tyre, went through Sidon back to Galilee Lake and over to the district of the Ten Towns. Some people brought a man who could neither hear nor speak and asked Jesus to lay a healing hand on him. He took the man off by himself, put his fingers in the man’s ears and some spit on the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looked up in prayer, groaned mightily, and commanded, “Ephphatha!—Open up!” And it happened. The man’s hearing was clear and his speech plain—just like that.
Jesus urged them to keep it quiet, but they talked it up all the more, beside themselves with excitement. “He’s done it all and done it well. He gives hearing to the deaf, speech to the speechless.”” Mark 7:31-37 [MSG]

There were other similar instances as well, weren’t there? After Jesus healed, those who received His healing just could not shut up about it and went about telling others about Him. I’m sure I don’t need to bring up each and every instance.

So Christian, what has changed? When was the last time you went about telling others about the good that Jesus has done in your life? Why has it been so long ago? Why do false gods get so much ‘advertising’ and our Father, the one true God, doesn’t?

Well, beloved child of God, that’s because our God works in the realm of the unheard and unseen. He doesn’t like to make a big show of things. In fact, this is how He operates.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

When our Father puts on His masterstroke in our lives, it is often so subtle, so discrete, that if you don’t pay attention, if you let the world distract you, you miss it and mistake it for your own efforts. Indeed, Isaiah gives us an even clearer perspective on this.

“For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.” Isaiah 64:4

Truly, we have never seen any other god who acts for the one who waits for Him, for all other gods are nothing but lifeless statues, creations born from the imagination of man. Only our Father, the true and living God, the One who created man, the One who could have lorded over us if He wanted to, but didn’t; only He acts for the one who waits for Him. Yet, He is so subtle and we are so used to being in His love, that we take it all for granted.

Think about it. Why are devotees so surprised when they get healed and Christians not? Because devotees aren’t really expecting their deity to heal them but Christians expect God to. So when our Father heals, do we still see it? And if we don’t see it, what happens to our relationship with our Father? Do we still think of Him as our provider and protector? What happens to us when we don’t anymore?

So what is this wisdom, this mystery that Paul is talking about? Well it is this.

“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-12

Or simply put,

“The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus,” 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 [MSG]

True wisdom is allowing the Spirit to highlight to us all that God has for us; the plans, the gifts and all that He is thinking. True wisdom is being able to look at a situation, and based on the promises listed in the Bible, discern if that is truly provision from our Father or a distraction from the world. True wisdom is being able to confidently identify provision and protection when it comes, and not having to wonder ‘if’ and ‘maybe’. In short, true wisdom is being able to see that our Father loves us.

And as Paul said, this is not an effort that we must strive toward. For we don’t learn this from books or by going to school; but it is revealed to us each and every time we spend time with Jesus and allow Him to, like He did with the couple on the road to Damascus,

“…beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Luke 24:27

For really, what is written in the Bible if not God’s letter of love to us?

Beloved, if you truly want to be discerning, if you truly want to be able to fathom the things of God, there is no secret, and it needs no effort. Spend time with the Word, and let Jesus reveal to you the full report on the gifts and the plans that our Father has for you.

No more guessing, no more seeking opinions, no self-help books to read and no need to go to school. Just let Jesus open your eyes and your ears so that

Your eyes may see, and your ears hear,
So that it may all enter into your heart,
The things which God has prepared for you who love Him.

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